Stoke forward Mame Diouf is set to sit out Monday’s Premier League home clash with Manchester City due to the shoulder injury he sustained last weekend at Southampton.
Defender Kevin Wimmer and striker Saido Berahino, who have been placed on programmes to up their fitness levels, could return to the matchday squad after missing the last six and two games respectively.
Midfielder Stephen Ireland (calf) is not ready to make his comeback against his former club, and goalkeeper Lee Grant (broken wrist) also remain sidelined.
Manchester City playmaker David Silva returns after missing the midweek Champions League clash against Basel for personal reasons.
Forward Raheem Sterling and midfielder Fernandinho are both hoping to prove their fitness after returning to training following hamstring injuries.
Left-back Fabian Delph is available again after suspension but could be doubtful after suffering a knock. Benjamin Mendy (knee) is also back in training and could return in the next month.